Kanye West and his spouse are currently under police investigation in Venice, Italy, due to their alleged involvement in an incident of public indecency during a recent boat ride.
The controversy arose when photos and videos emerged late last month, depicting Kanye West exposing his buttocks while his wife, Bianca Censori, was seen in a suggestive position with her head in his lap.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, authorities in Venice are now taking action in response to the couple’s apparent public intimacy. The boat’s driver has been identified and is expected to be interviewed regarding what he witnessed during the boat ride. Additionally, law enforcement officials are requesting that photographers provide any images they captured of the incident.
A source within the Venice police force conveyed, “There are standards of public decorum that have to be followed by tourists and locals alike, and any breaches are severely punished. The images of West with his trousers down while in a taxi as he and his partner crossed the lagoon were seen all over the globe.”
There are standards of public decorum that have to be followed by tourists and locals alike and any breaches are severely punished. The images of West with his trousers down while in a taxi as he and his partner crossed the lagoon were seen all over the globe.
The source continued: “The images show the couple clearly in a state of intimacy and if the local prosecutor decides to press charges then we will notify the couple, most probably through the relevant Embassies. The offense being investigated acts contrary to public decency which is punishable by an administrative sanction.”
A spokesperson representing the boat company, Venezia Turismo Motoscafi, which has since issued a lifetime ban on Kanye West and Censori, expressed complete unawareness of the incident. They stated that had the boat’s driver been aware of the situation at the time, West and his wife would have been promptly removed from the vessel.
“The driver had to keep a lookout for traffic and did not see these obscenities,” they said. “If this had happened, he would have immediately disembarked and reported the transgressors to those in authority.”
Elisabetta Pesce, the councilor responsible for public security in Venice, made a strong statement regarding the incident, saying, “Without any shadow of doubt what we saw from the couple was a lack of respect for Venice, which is the most enchanting city in the world.”
A source close to the city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, added: “By chance the monthly meeting on public security is imminent and this sort of behavior will be discussed.
“Venice is famous for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we expect tourists to maintain a respectable level of decency when visiting.
“These public acts of spectacle are not what we or the millions of tourists who come here each year wish to see and we take a very dim view of it.
“We can only hope that the prosecutor imposes a fine and then the couple will think long and hard about their behavior if they return to Venice in the future.”